Steve Gleason, a former professional football player, has “teamed up” with Halyard Health to help raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS, a terminal neuromuscular disease. Steve Gleason and his wife Michel are founders of Team Gleason, a non-profit organization that raises public awareness of ALS and helps to provide individuals with neuromuscular diseases or injuries with leading edge technology, equipment and services.
Steve was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. In 2013, after struggling to maintain a healthy weight, his doctor recommended an enteral feeding tube to help him get the nourishment that he needed. The first feeding tube Steve had placed was cumbersome, with a long tube that could not be easily concealed. After consulting with other members in the ALS community, Steve learned about the MIC-KEY* Feeding Tube. “The MIC-KEY* (Gastrostomy Tube) helps me to get the nutrition I need more easily, and its’ size and durability allow me to interact more freely with my four year-old son,” said Steve. “When a person has ALS, there is what sometimes seems like an endless amount of maintenance—and every day is a search for solutions.
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Steve Gleason has been compensated by Halyard Health.